Summary of Statement from the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvanagirai's office

SUMMARY OF STATEMENT FROM PRIME MINISTER – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has declared it "null and void" the recent announcement by Dr Misheck Sibanda of the movement of the portfolio of Communication from the Ministry of Information Communication Technology to the Ministry of Transport.

"This not only flies in the face of the letter and spirit of the Global Political Agreement but is also an illegality as the GPA has legal effect," said the Prime Minister. 

The Prime Minister said the allocation of mandates to Ministries came into effect via a process of negotiation by the three political parties to to the GPA and, as such, no one party to that negotiating process can unilaterally alter such mandates without effecting the due process of negotiation. The Prime Minister added that such "blatant violations of the GPA to suit individuals" were a cause for grave concern as they had the effect of taking people off the course of national restoration and reconstruction.

In response to the call to speak about sanctions with one voice, Prime Minister Tsvangirai said there was a more urgent need to condemn farm invasions with one voice. He said farm invasions were disruptive and counterproductive and had the effect of condemning the country to perpetual hunger.

On the proposed allocation of motor vehicles to Members of Parliament (MPs) by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), the Prime Minister said there was no policy framework or legal instrument that permitted the RBZ to distribute vehicles to MPs, and, unless that is in place, MPs may not accept vehicles.